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ESO To Announce Exoplanet Discovery, Update On Extremely Large Telescope

April 16, 2009

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, will host two press events during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science that will take place at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. The two events are scheduled for the morning of Tuesday 21 April 2009.

At 1100 BST, a press conference will highlight a major and truly unique discovery in the field of exoplanets, made possible with ESO telescopes.

From 1130 until 1330 BST the same day, a special writer’s workshop will be dedicated to the future 42-metre European Extremely Large Telescope, which will become “The World’s Biggest Eye on the Sky”. Science writers will be updated by the key players on the status of this amazing project, which has gained wide support in the scientific community, and whose go-ahead for construction is expected in 2010.

The workshop panelists are:

Tim de Zeeuw, ESO Director General

Roberto Gilmozzi, ESO, E-ELT Principal Investigator

Mark Casali, ESO, Head of the Instrumentation Division

Isobel Hook, University of Oxford, UK

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